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Thursday, August 26, 2010

seam ripper?

OK, I'm in the market for a new seam ripper, after breaking the last one enlarging a hole on a clam shell for a necklace for the costumes. Does anyone have the Fonz & Porter egernomic one, or another one they like other than the cheapie from Wal-Mart?
You can see how exciting my life is by this question. I took 3 of the costumes to the play practice to try them on the kids. The indian one is fine, the "Michael" one is fine, the "John" is OK, except the sleeves are too long. The director liked the fabric for the indian one, so will go ahead with 4 more. They are super-quick. 2 shoulder seams, 2 side seams, sleeve seams and fringe. No facing, no hems.
Tomorrow I'll cut more costumes out. Nothing quilty except the notions.
Sara in Fla.


  • At August 27, 2010 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Kathi in Idaho said...

    I don't use a ripper for buttonholes (when and if I ever make them), but have found that a pair of those really sharp scissors that doctors use to remove stitches work wonders. I do use the cheapo seam rippers for seam ripping, but I only snip about every third or fourth stitch when removing a seam.


  • At August 28, 2010 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    I feel that "mature" hands deserve a seam ripper with a plump handle. The fatter the handle the more comfortable it is to hold. Also, a seam ripper gets dull if you use it long enough so replace often. For really serious seam ripping, I use an Olfa Rotary Point Cutter, a gadget that kind of looks like a utility knife.

  • At August 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM , Blogger judy in ar said...

    Clover makes a really sturdy seam ripper with the plump handle Judy in OH mentioned. The only thing I don't like about it is that the point has a tiny plastic protective sleeve that is easy to misplace. Last week I saw a new ripper that folds into itself at Hancocks. Like the concept (and bought one to try) but it seems very flimsy and cheap. The best seam ripper I've ever had came with my first machine--stayed sharp for years. I hated when that one got too dull as I've never found another that worked as well.

  • At August 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM , Blogger Jane in NC said...

    The plump handle is a must for me in the kitchen but haven't gotten 'round to applying that rule to ripper yet. I've given thought to the F&P one. I've been pleased with other tools I've gotten from them. I like a fine cutter and found the clover too course for cutting small stitches. Haven't done buttonholes in a long time but I used to use small fine scissors.

    Jane in NC

  • At August 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

    Sara - I love the Clover brand seam rippers. The handle is flat and does not roll anywhere. The ripping 'blade' is sharp and I won't have any other brand. I use my ripper a lot!

    I like the model with the brown faux wood handle (copy & paste:

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/Clover_Seam_Ripper___________D81135.html )

    but have the plastic ivory handle one as well.

  • At September 1, 2010 at 2:19 AM , Blogger judy in ar said...

    While quilting at church today, I found myself using a seam ripper. It was the flat Clover one that Doris described. I liked it so much better then the Clover fat handle ergonomic one I have at home. The fat handle is round and always rolls off the cabinet or table. The flat one was sharp and stayed put!!

  • At September 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Phyllis in Minnesota said...

    If you like the F&P ripper a lot, why not put a couple daubs of hot glue on the handle to prevent it from rolling. I had the same problem and now love my no-rolling F&P ripper.


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